Or, because the dude in Abercrombie doc White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch places it, a mall was “like a search engine you can walk through.” Which is definitely not a really correct description! You cannot, as an illustration, discover a record of all of the presidents of Yugoslavia on the mall; you may in a search engine. You can’t get your ears pierced in a search engine; you may on the mall.
Now, an “online catalog that’s an actual place”—nearer! That’s really a retailer. A search engine you may stroll via is possibly a library. And a mall, as I’ve defined, is a bunch of shops plus an Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and a few loos.
Okay, let’s do this: A mall is an airport terminal with none of the gates.
So are all of us caught up now? Do we all know what a mall is? Great. Back to Abercrombie & Fitch.